Promoting Local Training and Employment

To actively promote training and employment within the local community of Southfields, the Victoria Drive site team have worked closely with Wandsworth Work Match and South Thames College to support recently qualified bricklayers in providing work placements and apprenticeships on construction sites.

Chris Dimond, Logistics Manager, Hannah Cowell, Community Liaison Coordinator and Adrian Lleshi from subcontractor RI Works were invited to the graduation ceremony at South Thames College, to support the newly graduated bricklayers and introduce them to opportunities available on the Victoria Drive site. Throughout the bricklaying course, 15 people received their CSCS cards and received a Level 2 in Bricklaying Foundation.

Three apprentices from South Thames College were taken on with subcontractor RI Works and McLaren.

Prior to the ceremony, the Victoria Drive site donated materials to the students on the bricklaying course and hosted a workshop for all apprentices to show them a live site and see bricklaying ‘‘in action’’. Adrian from RI works dedicated time to ensure the students get a hands on experience, which proved to be a very successful event.

“McLaren Construction’s support was very helpful in the delivery of the course. I would like to thank the site representatives for attending the ceremony. Their presence demonstrated the partnership we have built to support local residents, in particularly providing the unemployed a route to access employment opportunities within Wandsworth. This also shows that there is a route into work once finishing a course.”

Jason Obahiagbon, Business Engagement Officer (Construction), WorkMatch

McLaren recognises the impact construction works can have on the surrounding environments and communities in which we operate in. All our projects endeavour to support local training, development and opportunities to help create sustainable communities and skills.

Programme Update: June 2017

Programme of Works – Development of Site

June 2017 will see a commencement to the project on all on blocks including block 7 which we will be completing foundation works. Block 2 will soon be beginning scaffolding works and this will be visible from the hording enclosing the site and block 6 now has 60% of the grounds work completed.

We have been working with statutory agencies over the last couple of weeks to be able to progress the site in respect of the future water and gas access on the Cambium Site. There is a temporary traffic light system in place along Princes Way and Victoria Drive to control traffic during these works. These works have almost finished completion for water and gas accessibility, the full completion for this will be finished by the end of July with the installation of electrical systems.

Community Investment

The site’s new Community Liaison Coordinator, Hannah, has been busy getting to know the local businesses and schools surrounding the site.

McLaren contributed towards an inflatable slide at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Primary School’s Summer Fete and regular liaison is in place to organise educational events for the children.

The Cambium site recently received a score of 42 out of 50 with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS). Alongside the high score, the site was also awarded a ‘Performance Beyond Compliance’ Certificate from CCS, this outlines how the site team has exceeded expectations to achieve highest levels of safety, appearance, workforce, environment, and community.

In order to actively promote employment and training within the local community, the Cambium Site (Victoria Drive) team have worked closely with our partners Wandsworth Council, to deliver an open day for South Thames College leavers. The open day took place on the 13/06/2017 and involved nine college graduates who had completed the bricklaying course but had limited experience on a live construction site.

The aim of the open days are to improve the employment opportunities for those people locally and help combat the lack of work in the area, in particular those who wish to change careers, start their career journey and to look to educate themselves into an ever expanding sector.

The day was a success and we hope to see some of graduates will start work experience in the concurrent weeks and have the possibility of apprentice places within the site.

CCS Performance Beyond Compliance Cert

McLaren at ‘Employ Wandsworth 2017’

On the 21st April 2017 McLaren Construction was asked to participate in the ‘Employ Wandsworth 2017’ Job fair at the local Wandsworth Community Centre Town hall. This was the second of its type and was very well received.
Chris Dimond who is part of the Victoria Drive Site Team attended the fair, to speak to the local community about career advice and support for moving into the construction industry. The event held 850 local people and received very positive feedback from the community who visited the McLaren stand.

Overall, the event held 36 exhibiting businesses and 12 exhibiting partners. On the day the seminars and workshops providing advice on CVs, the hidden job market, application technique, business start-up advice, money management and careers within retail in a range of workshops and seminars these were well attended and received very positive feedback from our residents.

Chris enjoyed the experience and was pleased to meet so many local people looking to move into the industry. His skills and experience as a Logistics Manager allowed people to see the ways in which they could apply themselves to roles within construction and helped empower people to step out of their comfort zones to look to approach this sector for the first time.

This is another fantastic step towards McLaren Construction stepping out into the community and on behalf of the site we would really like to thank Chris for his hard work and dedication in undertaking this event, showing there is so much more to construction and the industry then just buildings and at McLaren we strive to build communities too.

Site team visits local Wandsworth school

Representatives from McLaren Construction’s Victoria Drive site were invited to visit Allfarthing Primary School in Wandsworth by children’s mental health charity, Place2Be.

This visit was a highlight of the Place2Be calendar which provided a moving insight into how Place2Be works within the school and the vital role the charity plays in supporting the children and families of the school community. In addition to listening to students’, parents’ and teachers’ experience with the charity, key representatives from Place2Be shared their knowledge and practice of the benefits of early intervention and how children are less likely to suffer from serious mental health difficulties in later life if they receive support at an early age, providing a cost saving to adult mental health services.

Allfarthing Primary School is local to the Victoria Drive site in Wandsworth. The site staff provided goody bags with rulers and calculators for all the children who took part in the event!

McLaren Construction Group Ltd has been supporting the charity for a third year running and has managed to raise close to £25,000 for Place2Be in 2016. McLaren is proud to continue supporting the important work the organisation does within schools.

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Logistics Manager Chris at Allfarthing Primary School

Programme Update: October 2016

Project Progress

The Cambium development is progressing well with the piled foundations phase 1 coming to the end in the next four weeks and the drainage and block and brickwork foundations following on with Blocks 3 (11 town Houses), Block 4 (7 town Houses) and Block 5 (12 town houses). The block and brickworks will commence on Block 1 week commencing the 17th October 2016 with Blocks 3, 4 and 5 following on.
The photograph shows the completed foundations and drainage to Block 1 on the Victoria Drive elevation, comprising six town houses the block and brickwork is due to commence on the 17th October 2016.

Construction Programme

  • Current status – week 9 of 106
  • October – Piling 75 % completed on programme
  • November – Drainage, brick and block work to commence. Relocation of marketing suite to Victoria Drive
  • December – Drainage, brick and block work to continue

McLaren celebrate Ground Breaking on new sustainable Cambium scheme

The new  Cambium residential scheme being delivered for Lendlease by McLaren Construction reached its first milestone with a ground breaking ceremony

In attendance was the Deputy Leader of Wandsworth Council Cllr Jonathan Cook, Lendlease Head of Residential Development, Richard Cook and McLaren Construction Project Director, Myles Dawson, who all marked the commencement of construction works for the important project. The Councillor went on to Our Lady Queen of Heaven School to unveil two roads named by the pupils – Helena Close and Beatrice Place.

Designed by Scott Brownrigg, Cambium, a residential scheme in Southfields will provide 110 new properties split between 55 three and four storey townhouses and a single block of 55 apartments centred around a 200-year-old oak tree, believed to have been planted by Capability Brown. The project is well underway with the site establishment, ground works and piling in progress.

Myles Dawson, Project Director, McLaren Construction London commented:

‘’At McLaren we are excited to be the first main contractor to be awarded such a prestigious scheme from our construction partners at Lendlease. We look forward to working alongside Lendlease where we can both learn from our respective businesses to ensure a successful delivery for not only this scheme but many more in the future. ‘’

Richard Cook, Head of Residential at Lendlease, said:

“Cambium will create a vibrant new community in the heart of Southfields and we are delighted to welcome Cllr Cook and pupils from Our Lady Queen of Heaven today to mark this significant development milestone – the start of work on site. A highly sustainable scheme, Cambium delivers the best of contemporary and eco-friendly living for new and existing residents in the borough of Wandsworth.”

All homes at Cambium will be delivered to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. With work now underway on site, the project is due to finish in 2018.

Road Naming Competition

Construction partners Lendlease ran a road-naming competition at the local school across the road from the development.

Councillor Jonathan Cook visited the local Our Lady Queen Of Heaven School after the ground breaking ceremony alongside Lendlease and McLaren, and presented prizes to the children who entered the winning road names.

The new road names follow a royal theme, inspired by the area’s strong connections to the monarchy. They have been announced as Helena Close and Beatrice Place, after the daughters of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The roads will be opened after the development is completed in 2018.


Road Safety Talk for Local School

Due to the increase of vehicle movements planned on the Victoria Drive Cambium site, the McLaren site team organised a Road Safety talk last May for the neighbouring Our Lady Queen of Heaven School.

Ensuring public safety is a key priority for McLaren Construction and so with the help of the Metropolitan Police, Project Director Myles Dawson and his team presented to the children to help them understand the importance of road safety.
Groups of around 10-12 children from the school were also given the opportunity to visit the site perimeter and were given a road safety talk by both McLaren and the Metropolitan Police.

They then had access to a seven ton lorry which they could sit in so they could see the road and themselves from the driver’s point of view. They did the same from the police car and motorbike. The kids were shown what to look out for and how to cross the roads following instruction from our road traffic marshal team.

The McLaren team commented: ‘’One of the most important things in education is to make sure children are safe. This applies to road safety and many other aspects of children’s lives, and it is especially important that everyone involved in education is aware of the dangers of building sites. At McLaren, we prioritise safety and were delighted that we were able to educate the kids about it.’’

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